May 12: Tushingham to Receive Libraries’ Excellence Award


Shannon Tushingham, assistant director of the Washington State University Museum of Anthropology, will receive the 2015 WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award during an 11 a.m. reception Tuesday, May 12, in the Terrell Library Atrium.

The award recognizes a non-library WSU faculty or staff member who has shown consistent support for the WSU Libraries.

Recipients are chosen based on personal use of the libraries; encouraging students to use the libraries; personal support of or contributions to the libraries’ collections or services; interaction and cooperation with library faculty; and service on library-related committees.

Since coming to WSU in 2013, Tushingham has been an active collaborator with WSU Libraries and others on several initiatives, said award nominator Trevor Bond, head of Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections. Key to her efforts is making connections with local communities and perspectives.

“She initiated a program of museum interns who helped organize tours of more than 200 Lincoln Middle School students to MASC and the Museum of Anthropology,” Bond said. “In her teaching, she regularly engages her students in undertaking archival research and learning more about library collections.

“Dr. Tushingham also collaborated with MASC on an exhibit in College Hall of glass slides taken at Celilo Falls, a major Native American fishing grounds on the Columbia River submerged with the construction of The Dalles Dam in 1957,” he added. “As part of this exhibit planning, Dr. Tushingham arranged for (Nez Perce cultural resources ethnographer) Josiah Pinkham to come to campus and work with students to provide a Nez Perce perspective on the photographs held in MASC.”

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